See what it’s like to be a firefighter on May 20 when Highlands stations open their doors.
Highlanders can visit Bundanoon, Mittagong and Moss Vale stations between 10am and 2pm for the annual Fire and Rescue NSW open day.
Community members can meet Highlands firefighters, learn about fire prevention and be involved in a range of activities including tours of the stations, fire safety presentations and firefighting demonstrations.
Kids can see the equipment up close – they’ll be able to see the fire engines and take home a ‘brigade kids’ activity booklet to remember their trip and learn important fire safety lessons.
This year, FRNSW has a focus on fire prevention in the kitchen and urges people to keep looking when looking.
Mittagong station commander Gerry Conway said hundreds of injuries occurred each year from cooking-related fires, and people had lost their lives as a result.
“Almost half of all house fires start in the kitchen, usually when people fail to keep an eye on the stovetop,” he said.
He encouraged Highlanders to visit a Highlands fire station this weekend, and talk with a firefighter about how to reduce the risk of fire affecting their properties.
“With winter coming, open day is a great opportunity to talk to the experts about replacing smoke alarms,” station commander Conway said.
Firefighters will also visit the Highlands Marketplace on Saturday, May 20 between 11am and 1pm.